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Ames Chamber of Commerce and Affiliate Organizations Announce 2021 Annual Award Winners

November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021 (Ames, IA) - The Ames Chamber of Commerce and Affiliates are pleased to announce their 2021 Annual Award Winners:

  • Business Person of the Year: Chuck Winkleblack, Hunziker
  • Community Contributor of the Year: Steve Goodhue, Knapp Tedesco Insurance
  • Trailblazer of the Year: Daniel Oh, AgCertain / OEI Inc.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: nicci port, Iowa State University
  • Culture Creator of the Year: CJ Warner, Renewable Energy Group
  • Ames Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Matt Koehler, Greater Iowa Credit Union
  • Economic Impact: Dose Steelworks; Hawkeye Molding; ALMACO; Chris Gardner; Technical Services Inc; Pivot Bio; Power Pollen; City of Story City; Solar FX
  • The Ames Foundation Contributor of the Year: Nick Johnson, Ames Ford
  • Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market Contributor of the Year: Deery of Ames
  • Ames Main Street Volunteer of the Year: Lowe's
  • FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Alex Cakerice, Bankers Trust; AJ Pollard, Renewable Energy Group; Michelle Hertzke, Iowa State University; Pablo Raul Stinga, Iowa State University

Award winners will be honored at the Ames Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm at Prairie Moon Winery (3801 W 190th St). This year’s Awards Ceremony will include dinner and a ceremony with the presentation of awards.

Award winners will also be recognized at the Ames Chamber of Commerce Annual Event on Wednesday, December 15 at 6:30pm at the Sukup Endzone Club at Jack Trice Stadium. This year’s Annual Event will include dinner and entertainment by comedian and magician, Derek Hughes.

For more information or to register for the Annual Award Ceremony (public is welcome to attend) please visit or contact the Chamber office at 515-232-2310. Tickets for the Annual Award Ceremony are $60 for Chamber Members and $75 for non-members.


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